3/18 Morning Buzz

PA Turnpike logoFallout continues from the PA Turnpike scandal, the Pittsburgh mayoral hopefuls debate, and we checked in at CPAC. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Toomey, Santorum Speak At CPAC: Conservative activists from all over America gathered just outside Washington, D.C. this weekend to hear from leaders in the right wing. Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey and former Pa. senator Rick Santorum were among those who spoke.

3/15 Ups & Downs: Will officials please, please, stop using taxpayer money to reward cronies? Sheesh, you’d think they’d have gotten the picture by now.

Reader Poll: Who Should Republicans Support For Governor? Governor Corbett’s polling numbers are sinking. Should the Republicans support a different gubernatorial candidate in 2014?

Reader Poll: Koplinski for Lt. Gov: Last week we asked our readers who should the Democrats support for Lt. Gov.? Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski won by a wide margin.

Ferlo Drops from Pittsburgh Mayoral Race: And then there were 6. A few days after filing nominating petitions, State Sen. Jim Ferlo has announce he will not seek the Democratic nomination for Pittsburgh Mayor.

Democratic Candidates Debate: The PG has a write-up from Sunday’s six-way Pittsburgh mayoral debate.

Weekly Standard: Tom Corbett’s Booze Blues
State House Sound Bites: Not dead yet: Camelot’s lottery bid extended until July
State House Sound Bites: Plan to change DPW’s name nears committee vote
PA Independent: PA law enforcement wants easier access to your Internet activities
StateImpactPA: DEP begins probe of Wyoming County gas well spill
StateImpactPA: Environmentalists throw cold water on efforts to amend Good Samaritan Act
StateImpactPA: Clean-up of Wyoming County well spill continues
Capitolwire: Corbett administration plans to revise the Lottery contact for another AG Kane review
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Support for Medicaid expansion growing in GOP Senate and even House

Philadelphia Inquirer: To fight ‘no snitch,’ Philly using indictment testimony in secret
Philadelphia Inquirer: Turnpike Commission’s rules of the road
Philadelphia Inquirer: Underfunded public pensions: A ticking time bomb
Philadelphia Inquirer: Nutter goes after Philadelphia Magazine over race article
Philadelphia Inquirer: To avoid court fight, Corbett will revise lottery contract
Philadelphia Inquirer: Tax reform the latest dispute between Nutter and City Council
Philadelphia Inquirer: Four former Pa. governors come out for judicial merit selection
Philadelphia Inquirer: Mayor opens tax negotiations: 1.32% of value, plus three breaks
Philadelphia Inquirer: Phila. unions to City Council: Stop cutting taxes
Philadelphia Inquirer: U.S. Rep. Brady stands up for longtime friend facing Turnpike panel theft charges
Philadelphia Daily News: SPEECH DISORDER: Union protesters halt Nutter’s budget address
Philadelphia Daily News: By the way, the mayor did propose a budget
Philadelphia Daily News: Council OKs sick-leave bill; mayor likely to veto
Commonwealth Confidential: Coming this week: Liquor privatization’s first big test
Commonwealth Confidential: House members ready resolution for impeachment proceedings
Heard in the Hall: The view from the Council President
Philly Clout: Did city workers use paid sick time to protest Mayor Nutter?
WHYY Newsworks: Poll finds Pa. voters prefer potential Dem challengers over Corbett
WHYY Newsworks: Name change again under consideration for Pa. Department of Public Welfare
KYW1060: Even some veteran reporters surprised by scope of PA Turnpike Scandal
KYW1060: Some Pa GOP Senators Get Behind Medicaid Expansion
KYW1060: Governor Corbett Continues Lottery Privatization Efforts

AP: Corbett plan would freeze current pension benefits to save $12B
AP: More GOP senators break with Corbett on Medicaid
AP: Pa. pushes drillers to frack with coal mine water
AP: Corbett to revise Lottery contract amid AG concern
AP: Turnpike panel’s ‘open secret’ of corruption laid bare by wave of indictments
Pottstown Mercury: Most county employees to get pay increase
Delco Daily Times: State senator pushing for health care
Bucks Local News: POLITICAL GIANT NOT AT REST: Harry Fawkes, ‘Mr. Bucks Conty,’ passes away at 83
Daily Local News: Judge Bruno wants his salary reinstated
Daily Local News: Coatesville collects 40 guns in buy-back program
Daily Local News: Sequestration is a mixed bag for Chesco

AP: Governor’s plan would freeze current pension benefits
Post-Gazette: Democratic candidates explain in debate why they should be next mayor
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police leadership subject of civil trial
Post-Gazette: Ferlo withdraws from Pittsburgh mayor’s race
Post-Gazette: Lottery deal being revised to address attorney general’s concerns
Post-Gazette: Freeh report dominates PSU trustees meeting
Post-Gazette: Bill sets up funding panel on special education
Post-Gazette: Big gamble: Gov. Corbett is pushing Keno for Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Brimmeier is arraigned in Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption charges taint Brimmeier’s reputation
Tribune-Review: Former Pittsburgh schools police chief sues over firing
Tribune-Review: Top court halts Westmoreland jury post abolishment
Tribune-Review: Mayor’s use of bodyguards differs from other officials
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania Department of Education puts Wilkinsburg, Aliquippa school districts on financial watch list

AP: pushes drillers to frack with coal mine water
Tribune-Democrat: Proposal targets retirement age for judges
Tribune-Democrat: Windber getting windfall: Electric billing error leads to payment from Richland
Mirror: Tyrone Council to remove fluoride
Mirror: Parents group weighs legal action over AASD proposal

The Times Leader: Meuser touts governor’s priorities
The Times Leader: W-B council selects auditor for ‘12 review
The Times Leader: County fuzzy on ’12 budget
Times-Tribune: Number of candidates for Luzerne County Council diminished in upcoming election
Times-Tribune: Another woman claiming sexual assault by a former public defender
Times-Tribune: New Lakeland superintendent looks to grow with district
Times-Tribune: Government appeals $3.7 million verdict against Veterans Affairs
Citizens Voice: DEP cites two natural gas companies over malfunctions
Citizens Voice: Hearings focus on safeguarding schools
Citizens Voice: Primary victories certain for Democratic council candidates
Citizens Voice: Brominski: Nepotism in election hirings
News Item: In pursuit of citizenship Northumberland County woman describes emotional toll of being an illegal immigrant
News Item: Government debates options for illegals
Wayne Independent: Area farmers discuss issues in Washington
Standard Speaker: City wants commuters taxed higher
Standard Speaker: Hazleton, NEPA leaders meet in Scranton
Standard Speaker: Carbon commissioner helps consider recycling options after cutting program
Standard Speaker: Enthusiasm to get involved in Luzerne County gov’t dissipating
Pocono Record: Pa. pushes drillers to frack with coal mine water
Pocono Record: Delaware Valley’s $180 payment is certainly a head-scratcher

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: It’s official: Students will have to pass Keystone Exams to graduate
Morning Call: Allentown’s NIZ: Good for the city, bad for the state?
Morning Call: Paul Carpenter: Pennsylvania early voting an idea whose time has come
Morning Call: Salisbury School District to seek grant to offer preschool
Morning Call: Salisbury School District looking to close $800,000 deficit
Morning Call: Gov. Corbett extends Brits’ lottery bid, promises ‘clarification’
Reading Eagle: Rights of way tangle on Route 222
WFMZ: Federal employees in Philadelphia plan rally to protest sequestration
WFMZ: Secretary of Education Seeks Revocation of Philadelphia-Based Solomon Charter School’s Charter
WFMZ: Teamsters Applaud NLRB Decision Against Pratt Corrugated Logistics
WFMZ: Corbett Administration Announces Opening for New Round of Economic Growth Initiative Submissions
Express Times: Long-awaited $4.8 million public works garage to be unveiled in Forks Township
Express Times: Bethlehem Township, Pa., commissioners claim developer is running candidates against them
Express Times: Flemington Borough Council approves tax breaks for two properties

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Examining the myth of Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson’s ‘Obama bump’ election
Carlisle Sentinel: Seton Hill University mourns pregnant lacrosse coach killed in crash
Carlisle Sentinel: Lower Allen Township 5K race raises $8,000 for local charity
Carlisle Sentinel: Long road ahead for Carlisle redevelopment funding
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett plan would freeze current Pa. pension benefits
Carlisle Sentinel: Lancaster area water company says supply safe after break-in
Carlisle Sentinel: Ex-Pittsburgh school police chief sues over firing
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett to revise lottery contract amid AG concern
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania State Police graduate 73 troopers in Hershey
Carlisle Sentinel: PPL transmission line project set in Carlisle
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. school, spy agency seek high school hackers
Carlisle Sentinel: Census says Cumberland County continues its growth trend
Harrisburg Patriot News: 50 years after decision guaranteeing right to counsel, public defenders face crushing caseloads, little time with defendants
Harrisburg Patriot News: Developer sees Schaeffer as revenue builder under his Camp Hill condo plan
Harrisburg Patriot News: Schaeffer faces uphill zoning challenge in Camp Hill once school district picks plan
Harrisburg Patriot News: State says bus in turnpike crash up to date on inspections
Harrisburg Patriot News: Kane responds to Corbett’s decision to resubmit lottery management contract
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. calls for increased federal law enforcement funding
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘House of Cards’ features plenty of Pennsylvania politics: commentary
Harrisburg Patriot News: State electricity purchase deal involving Harrisburg incinerator a week away
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett, Treasurer Rob McCord file motions to dismiss NCAA suit
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett plans to resubmit restructured lottery privatization contract to Kane
Harrisburg Patriot News: Looking at the midstate’s 2013 primary elections; a roundup of the races
Harrisburg Patriot News: Will pay-to-play allegations prompt Pennsylvania Turnpike reform?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Amendments proposed for liquor privatization bill as it heads to committee for a vote
York Daily Record: Researchers explore connecting the brain to machines
York Dispatch: Supreme Court: Must voters have to prove citizenship to register?
York Dispatch: Libertarian plans to run for mayor in York
York Dispatch: State announces deadline for help with heating bills
York Dispatch: Springetts supervisor wants new fire station named for former chief
York Dispatch: Sen. Rand Paul narrowly wins conservative poll
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Texting-while-driving law turns 1
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: State Supreme Court pushes to cut time in foster care limbo
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: LNP names two top execs
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: ‘Superbug’ alert is sounded
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Smucker plans hearing to examine relationship between state, Penn State
Lebanon Daily News: Tom Davis to run for North Cornwall Township supervisor
Lebanon Daily News: UPDATE: A-C board refinances bond, saving $2.5 million
Roxbury News: Impeachment Investigation of Justice Orie Melvin.
Roxbury News: Penn State University Board of Trustees Meeting, Hershey Pa. March 15, 2013
Roxbury News: Municipal Financial Recovery Advisory Committee: March 13, 2013
Roxbury News: Harrisburg’s Sinkhole ‘Walter” 76 Days later.
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: Headlines

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Edinboro woman’s lottery ticket game not ruled out for Internet
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Pa. House resolution introduced in move vs. judge
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: State briefs
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council, school board to take action on Memorial Field construction project
Centre Daily Times: Philipsburg seeks grants for civic projects
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Governor to revise lottery contract
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Court orders reapportionment of Jersey Shore school district

John Morganelli, Harrisburg Patriot-News: Corbett was Pennsylvania’s most political attorney general
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown purchase of iPads questionable
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Ban gifts to elected, appointed state officials
Daily Local News: A ban on gifts for state officials would send a message
Post-Gazette: Police welfare: All Pa. towns should pay for their own coverage
Tribune-Review: Hot, hot, hot? Not, not, not! Another flawed global warming study
Tribune-Review: The 911th Air Wing ‘save’ might be only a temporary reprieve
Tribune-Review: Subpoena + block = Benghazi truth
Mirror: Sunshine? PA grades out cloudy
Mirror: Turnpike ‘cesspool’ has taken heavy toll
The Times Leader: Don’t overreact to school violence
Times-Tribune: Receipt, Please
News Item: Keep politicians clear of donations from state vendors
Reading Eagle: John D. Forester Jr.: Proposed ag law goes too far afield

The Pennsylvania Progressive: Humorist Enters Berks Prothonotary Race
Keystone Politics: Bill Peduto Only Candidate to Mention Public Transit in Youth Debate
Keystone Politics: All #PGHMayor Candidates Agree: UPMC Needs to Pay Its Fair Share
Keystone Politics: Wayne Fontana Becomes 4th South Hills Politician to Endorse Bill Peduto
Keystone Politics: Time for a Shotgun Wedding Between Detroit and Wayne County
Keystone Politics: The Real Reason Rich Fitzgerald’s Endorsement of Bill Peduto Matters
Keystone Politics: Adam Waldron’s Petition Error and Party Cartels
Keystone Politics: Matt Cartwright Introduces Bill to Close Halliburton Loophole for Fracking
Keystone Politics: Third GOP State Senator Breaks with Corbett on Medicaid Expansion
Keystone Politics: Why Does Mike Schlossberg’s PA Early Voting Bill Have Only 30 Co-Sponsors?

One Response

  1. This was a good read.


    Saying Gov. Tom Corbett has had a rough two years is like saying the Titanic had some problems on that maiden voyage.

    Yes, the governor is in hot water again. And yes, once again it’s his own hands on the faucet. You would think that after being scalded so often, he’d turn off the tap. We’d like to offer him one suggestion on how to do just that.

    Corbett is once again being harpooned for accepting some pretty nice perks and gifts from people and businesses who just happen to be doing business with the state, or who stand to do business with the Commonwealth.

    Of course the governor again displayed his remarkable tin ear to such behavior, saying he had broken no law and was acting in accordance with state ethics actions. He made be exactly right. But he couldn’t look more wrong. Again.

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